AT&T Center – The pink ice, pink jerseys and ribbons on ice mean this week is about more than just a hockey game. The San Antonio Rampage are playing for a cause bigger than sports. Sadly, the home team could not send the pink-wearing fans home happy in the first of two pink rink games.
The Rampage opened the scoring, but could not find their offense in a 5-2 loss to the Texas Stars (20-15-10-1, 51 points) in front of 5,491 fans at the AT&T Center on Thursday night.
San Antonio got the scoring underway with Mark Mancari’s ninth goal of the season as he flipped a shot over the glove of Texas goaltender Anders Lindback at 3:28 of the opening period to give the Rampage a 1-0 lead going into the second period.
Texas took the lead with goals just over two minutes apart. First, Matej Stransky tied the game with a shot from the right circle that beat Rampage goaltender Michael Houser. Julius Honka scored just over two minutes later to put Texas up 2-1 going into the third period.
The Rampage tied the game early in the final frame as Garrett Wilson tipped in a shot from Shane O’Brien, but Texas took the lead for good with a one-timer from Greg Rallo just three minutes later to put the Stars ahead 3-2.
Texas added to their lead with Jamie Oleksiak’s first goal of the season at the 13:21 mark and Brendan Ranford put home an empty net goal to seal the 5-2 win for the Stars.
“I felt pretty good,” Houser said after the game. “The second goal was a fluke one and those are the tough ones to swallow.”
Houser stopped 24 of the 28 shots he faced, while Lindback made 30 saves on 32 Rampage shots. San Antonio finished 0-for-4 on the power play and Texas was 1-for-4 with the man advantage.
The Rampage are 26-15-4-0 (56 points) on the season and will return to the pink ice on Saturday for the team’s fifth annual Pink in the Rink game against the Oklahoma City Barons at 7 p.m. at the AT&T Center.